Peggy Still Johnson
Composer and Music Supervisor for Film and Digital Media, Fundraiser, Nonprofit and Creative Consultant
Peggy is a composer and music supervisor for film and digital media. She is also a fundraising, nonprofit and creative consultant.
Fundraising: Peggy is the Chief Creative Officer for Roadshow Equity Partners – raising funds to invest in a Slate (10-12) of independent Georgia-produced entertainment. Empowering producers and great scripts while protecting investors and generating significant returns.
Former Clients: Peggy was the Fort Mac Redevelopment Arts and Philanthropy Director focusing on and overseeing the creative arts and community outreach direction for the redevelopment of 145 acres of Fort McPherson consulting for Macauley and working with the Fort Mac LRA, The Prince’s Foundation and serving on the Fort Mac Public Arts Advisory Council. Peggy also worked with The Center for Working Families Inc. (TCWFI) and Mission4Movement (nonprofit foundation for Dance 411) consulting on marketing, messaging, fundraising, community engagement and partnerships.
Leadership: Peggy was the Executive Director for Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The Callanwolde team under Peggy’s direction transformed the center in less than 5 years (Press Release Link – Peggy Still Johnson Retiring from Callanwolde Fine Arts Center). In 2017, Peggy was asked to speak about fundraising and capital campaigns in Washington D.C. at the National Building Museums Symposium.
Peggy serves on the Advisory Board for Georgia State University School of Music, Georgia Music Partners, Atlanta Film Festival, has served for 5 years on the Board of Governors (Composer Seat) for The Recording Academy (Grammy Organization.) She is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta (class of 2013), Leadership DeKalb (class of 2014) and is in the 2020 Class of Leadership Sandy Springs.
Composer, Artist and Creative Services: Peggy released her avant garde CD Footsteps and later a single (“Pie Jesu”) she wrote for the award-winning film Requiem for Herstory. “Pie Jesu” was on the ballot for the 54th Grammy Awards and nominated for an Indie Award for Best Classical and Orchestral Song (Independent Label Music Award.) Peggy worked with Stephen King, John Mellencamp, T Bone Burnett and Andy York on their musical production Ghost Brothers of Darkland County as the vocal coach and copyist (working on the musical score.) Peggy recently released Reflections, a collection of songs including one dedicated to her mother and another dedicated to her daughter. Peggy has performed all over the world as a soloist and in bands and also performed in Maui for former President George and Barbara Bush along with singing as a soloist the “National Anthem” at Turner Field (Atlanta Braves Game) and Philips Arena (Atlanta Hawks Game.) Peggy founded the Peggy Still School of Music in 1988 which grew to three locations, 600 students and 45 teachers. Peggy successfully sold the Peggy Still School of Music in 2011. She also founded Peggy Johnson Productions & Talent where she worked as a music supervisor, casting agent, coached/developed talent, and a composer/arranger of music for film. She has worked on such films and television shows (coaching, casting, composing, music supervision): Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Parental Guidance, Bessie, Requiem for Herstory, Greenleaf, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and more. Peggy composed music for the Points of Light video presentation at the Kennedy Center and arranged, performed, & recorded music for the Dedication of the Atlanta Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Peggy performed with the GSU University Singers at Lincoln Center in New York and has also performed professionally since 1982 in San Diego, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Atlanta, Montego Bay (Jamaica,) Maui (Hawaii,) Colombia-South America, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and throughout the southeast. Peggy was the keyboardist and vocalist for Atlanta’s most popular Dance/Party Band – formerly known as “The Celebrity Rock Band” – now known as “BandX”. She performed with BandX at The Grand Wailea for President George and Barbara Bush in Maui and performed with Mickey Thomas (Starship/Jefferson Starship), Jeff Carlisi (38 Special), and Jenny McCarthy at The Palms Resort and Brian Howe (Bad Company) at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. Peggy sang (soprano) in a 30 voice gospel choir in 2017 for a Christmas television special backing up legends Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams.
Peggy was featured in Urban Lux Magazine – “People on the Move”. Peggy has also sung the “National Anthem” as a soloist at Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves, Philips Arena for the Atlanta Hawks, and the Kaiser Permanente 5K Run in Atlanta (18,ooo runners.) Peggy re-released her avant garde recording entitled Footsteps in 2010 and released Reflections in 2019. Reflections is a collection of songs including one dedicated to her mother and another dedicated to her daughter.
In 2009 Peggy was hired by Scott Houston (5 time Emmy Award Winner – known as “The Piano Guy”) to speak at his National Seminar in Indiana for his “Play Piano in a Flash” teaching program. In 2006, Peggy was hired by Paramount Pictures to train actress Edith Ivey on piano for her role as the piano teacher (Mrs. Maples) in the 2008 blockbuster movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.). The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, winner of 3 Academy Awards. In 2010, Peggy received composing, casting, and coaching credit for her work in the Independent Film Requiem for Herstory which was nominated for Best Short Film in the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.
Peggy has worked with Justin Guarini (American Idol), employed hundreds of musicians, and also personally taught hundreds of musicians including national and local celebrities such as Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell (Larkin Poe,) Dean Roland (Collective Soul,) Brandon Bush (Sugarland,) Monique, Babi Mac, Rachele Gilmore (Metropolitan Opera,) Brad Shaw-Mike Shaw-Jacob Morrell (The Head), Sonny Mack, Tanner Hendon, Joe Gransden, Sydney Ward, Chelsea Szegidewicz, Tuk Smith (The Biters), Amy Gerhartz, Joelle, Justin Martin (Lion King, High School Musical 3, The Soloist,) Jon Mero (The Voice), Cristina Quinones (Georgia Music Hall of Fame Horizon Award Recipient,) and more. A great supporter of education, Peggy was an award presenter for the 2011 Televised Shuler Hensley Awards at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Peggy also worked with Tony award winning actor Shuler Hensley in the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County musical.
In 2011, Peggy arranged, performed and recorded music for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ dedication of their Atlanta Temple in which the President of the church, the late President Thomas S. Monson, was in attendance. Peggy arranged 2 choral pieces, 2 five piece instrumental medleys, and recorded most of the piano tracks for the youth choir performing in the Atlanta Civic Center. Peggy also composed the music for the Points of Light presentation at the Kennedy Center.
Peggy has also been an arts advocate speaking to politicians in Washington D.C. and in Georgia about the need for artist tax incentives and protection of artist intellectual property/creator rights.
The Peggy Johnson Foundation for the Performing Arts, Inc. was founded to provide the community, community organizations, charities, and community events with performance opportunities and entertainment at minimal or no charge. PJFPA provided the community with diverse styles of musical entertainment to be excellent, educational, wholesome, and artistic.